Adopt Startdot for SWTPC!

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Adopt Startdot for SWTPC!

Post by Elminster » Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:52 pm

Following up from chatting to various people at the South ABUG last weekend I thought I better put some info up about the 6800.

The SWTPC 6800/09's are a little home less currently. Search Facebook and you can count the number of posts on 1 maybe 2 hands. Even on the Vintage Computer Fest Forum, even though it has a load of sections for different types of machine, SWPTC just comes under 'other'. Also not that many videos on youtube, and probably less than a dozen useful ones. So the community doesnt appear huge, even less so in the UK as it was a kit imported around 75-85, so expensive and need to be built. The system I have cost around £1500 in 1980ish.

Luckily between http://swtpc.com and www.flexusergroup.com most information about the hardware and software exists online.

I have started adding some info on my site about what I have. A learning experince as I last used one of these when I was somewhere around 8 or 9 years old. To start with I am cataloging and taking an inventory of what I have.

So far I have done the documentation that came with the sysem, quite a lot in fact. In addition to what is on the list there is a lost of listings where the original owner disassembled and commented everything. I plan at somepoint to scan anything I cannot find elsewhere on the web (looks like 2 docs, the listings and some other hand written notes, will need to be scanned).

Anyway the link to this on going (not Acorn) project is here.
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Post by RobC » Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:31 pm

Great stuff - I know that a few of us on here are also on the FUFU mailing list.

And for those who own a Pi or matchbox co-pro, you can even run FLEX on your Acorn...

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Post by Elminster » Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:49 pm

I also have the new 6809 board for the rc2014 but not built it yet. The 6809, real, pitube or other should run UniFLEX, alas my SWTPC 6800 doesn’t.

I remember joining the fufu list but need to see what happen as I think it is not working, or my spam filter is eating it.

Edit: Corrected typos.
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Re: Adopt Startdot for SWTPC!

Post by RobC » Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:55 pm

Elminster wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:49 pm
The 6809, real, pitube or other should run UniFLEX, also my SWTPC 6800 doesn’t.
I was interested in porting UniFLEX at one point but wasn't been able to find out very much about it. Something akin to the FLEX Adaptation Guide would be ideal.
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I remember joining the fufu list but need to see what happen as I think it is not working, or my spam filter it eating it.
It's fairly quiet but I got a couple of messages from it today.

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Post by Elminster » Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:28 pm

Have you tried running flex on Electron? Might be fun as mine has gosdc and pitube plugged in.

Edit: I do have a DC but the Pegasus board it in the loft I think.

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Post by RobC » Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:49 am

Elminster wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:28 pm
Have you tried running flex on Electron? Might be fun as mine has gosdc and pitube plugged in.
Not yet. I do have an ATI and have had Panos running on it - just need to write a FLEX disk for the Plus 3.

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Post by Elminster » Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:33 pm

RobC wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:55 pm
Elminster wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:49 pm
I remember joining the fufu list but need to see what happen as I think it is not working, or my spam filter it eating it.
It's fairly quiet but I got a couple of messages from it today.
I rememebr now the subcribe seemed to be busted.

i tried 2 different emials addresses, and two different email clients (in case an address was blocked, or a client was adding stuff to blank message. And I also sent emails to myself to see if anythign was being added.

But following the instructions to send 'SUBSCRIBE' in the subject with no text in body jsut results in a 'you are not allowed to post error', as though there was text in the message, but there is none. I should probably report it but forgot until you reminded me.

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Post by jgharston » Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:16 pm

Most of the documentation I dug through to work out 6800/6809 code and BIOS coding was SWTPC stuff. Interesting little machine.

Code: Select all

$ bbcbasic
PDP11 BBC BASIC IV Version 0.25
(C) Copyright J.G.Harston 1989,2005-2015
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